An Update On ISIS Activities

November 6, 2018

 

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Northern Salahuddin (DD Nov 6)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Remaining 8 minister nominees face opposition from Sadrist bloc. [..]

UNAMI, UNHR count 200 mass graves in Iraq.​​ [..]

 

Turkey

Erdogan warns US against joint patrols with YPG. [..]

 

Syria

Coalition conducted 100 air strikes in Syria last week. [..]

Turkish troops target YPG soldiers in Ras Al-Ayn,​​ Qamishli. [..]

Coalition stages 27 airstrikes Monday in Albu Kamal, kills 49 Daesh. [..]

 

Other countries

Jordan:​​ 8,845 Jordanians wanted by Syrian authorities. [..]

United States:​​ Body of​​ North Ogden, Utah Mayor/National Guardsman comes home. [..]

Nigeria:​​ 16 Nigerian soldiers missing after Boko Haram attack.​​ [..]

 ​​ Daesh says it killed 15 African Union soldiers. [..]

Afghanistan:​​ Taliban attack in Farah Province kills 30 Afghan soldiers, kidnaps 20 cops.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New government

The Sadrist Sa’irun bloc said it will not vote for the remaining 8 ministers in Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi’s cabinet unless all appointees are changed. Ali Mahdi, a member of the bloc, says it was agreed in advance that former officials shall not be nominated again, and that would include Falih Al-Fayyad. Ali Mahdi also conceded that Sa’irun’s impact is exaggerated. It is expected that on Tuesday the Prime Minister will get ​​ the remaining candidates of his government approved, despite the Sa’irun opposition. [BasNews]

 

Emanuel Youkhana , head of the Christian Al-Rafidain bloc, said that the Sa’irun party blocked the approval of the full government cabinet in the voting session, and that other partisan interventions also took place. [Basnews]

 

Sabah Al-Sa’idi, a CoR member for Sa’irun, stated that his bloc demanded that the CoR Speaker form an investigations committee to examine the corruption and extortion allegations against the recently elected Babel Governor. [Sumaria]

 

Reconstruction

A report conducted by the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq and the High Commissioner for Human Rights revealed that there are about 200 mass graves in areas of Iraq previously controlled by Daesh: Kirkuk, Anbar, Salahuddin, and Ninewa, including Mosul. The UN and HCHR refer to the sites as a “legacy of terror.” [Nytimes] [UNiraq] [Anadolu]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Iraqi government’s​​ Al-Qada​​ newspaper reported on Tuesday the experience of a captured Daesh fighter in a battle against the Iraqi security​​ forces in early 2018, which resulted in blowing up a Daesh convoy composed of about 2,000 to 2,500 cars.​​ 

The captured fighter explained that Daesh was fighting Iraqi forces in Falluja and when the battle became intense, reinforcements arrived and it seemed as though they had succeeded in blockading them inside Falluja. The Daesh fighters then received orders to withdraw towards Al-Qa’im. They formed a long convoy of 2,000 to 2,500 cars, led by the Daesh governor of Al-Qa’im. It stopped due​​ to slippery roads. The former fighter explained that the convoy was then attacked by Iraqi Army Air planes.​​ 

The source was inside one of the cars, in the middle of the row. The bombardments took Daesh fighters by surprise, and the middle of the row was bombed.​​ Iraqi airstrikes then hit the front of the row. The bombardment continued until the morning ; it killed 800 fighters. The source was injured and he and whoever else could do so fled from the convoy and stayed in Al-Qa’im until they were able to recover. Then they went to Albu Kamal in Syria. [BaghdadToday]​​ [Sumaria]

 

Foreign ​​ policy

President Barham Salih received the General-Governor of Australia to discuss the deepening of mutual relations. [Sumaria]

 

On Tuesday,​​ PM Abd Ul-Mahdi stated that Iraq was not part of the sanctions against Iran imposed by the US. Specifically, the US has allowed Iraq to continue to import electricity from Iran, hoping to prevent more protests in Basra. However, the sanctions have ended an​​ oil swap deal between Baghdad and Tehran. [Anadolu] [Al-Monitor]

 

BAGHDAD

No reports

 

ANBAR

No reports

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Military Intelligence reported on Tuesday that Salahuddin Ops Command detachments and PMF units found supplies and Afghan military outfits in a​​ Daesh depot in Khanuqa village. [Ghad]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Diyala Security announces that Intelligence security detachments killed 3 Daesh leaders in special operations in Himrin Hills on Tuesday. [BaghdadToday]

 

KIRKUK

No reports

 

NINEWA

Mosul District

West​​ (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

Daesh said it wounded people and destroyed an SUV with an IED in Badoush, on Monday. [ICDnNov6]

Daesh’s​​ A3maq​​ said the SUV belonged to “Iraqi forces.” [A3maq]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

On Tuesday, the PMF reported that it foiled a Daesh attempt to infiltrate Baghdad through Jurf Al-Sakhar in Babel. [Sumaria]

 

KURDISTAN NEWS

No reports

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated in a press conference in Ankara that Turkey would not accept joint patrols between the US forces and YPG. He warned that such actions would have dire consequences. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Mr. Erdogan repeatedly seeks to make US Government foreign and defense policy decisions. He is spending so much time on this that perhaps we should be paying him a salary.​​ 

 

President Erdoğan stated before a​​ conference of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara that Turkey achieved the best results against terrorism under AKP leadership. He said that Turkey arrested 2,000 Daesh operatives, deported 7,000, and banned 79,000 from entering the country,​​ and killed 761 terrorists since July 2016. [Anadolu]

 

Foreign policy

On Tuesday, the US State Department announced that it was offering​​ rewards for information on the identification or location of 3 leading PKK members: Murat Karayilan (up to $5 million), Cemil Bayik (up to $4 million), and Duran Kalkan (up to $3 million). [Rudaw] [Embassy]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh campaign

On Tuesday, CENTCOM published a weekly summary of​​ “Operation Roundup,” which began May 1 and intends to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria. The report stated that between October 28 and November 3, CJTF-OIR Coalition military forces conducted 100 strikes consisting of 161 engagements “near Hajin.” [CJTF]

 

Foreign policy

Egypt

Syrian MP Tarif Kotrash called on the Syrian Foreign Ministry to ask the charge​​ d’affaires of Egypt to explain the meaning of a statement recently made by Egyptian President Sisi. At a youth conference on Monday in Sharm Al-Sheikh, Sisi stated that the Syrians “destroyed and damaged” their country, and that rebuilding Syria would cost​​ $300 billion. He then asked who would be there to offer such a sum. The Syrian MP said that it was “unfortunate” that a country that has also been affected by terrorism would make such a statement about Syria. [Qasioun]

 

United States

A report from the Pentagon stated that the US and Turkish joint patrols in Manbij eased tensions in the region. It stated that the US priority in Syria is to eliminate Daesh. The other goals are to remove Iran, influence the outcome of the next year of the war, and to stabilize the northeast areas of Syria. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

Manbij​​ 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed an SDF “intelligence commander” and destroyed his vehicle with an IED in the Sab’a Bahrat area, in Manbij city. [A3maq]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

The Turkish military on Tuesday targeted YPG positions in Ras Al-Ayn and Qamishli on the Syria side of the border. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed three Shia in Jarwan village, on Sunday. [ICDNNov6]

 

Daesh said it killed three SDF members, wounded another, and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Anad village, south of Shaddadi, on Monday. [ICDNNov6]

Daesh’s​​ A3maq​​ reported that the attack was on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city & district

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed an SDF member with a silenced gun in Al-Haws village, east of Al-Karama. [ICDNNov6]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source​​ said on Tuesday that 2 Ahrar Syria members were killed and 6 others wounded in a Daesh attack in the desert near Maarat Al-Numan.​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal District

The Coalition launched 27 airstrikes on Daesh sites in Hajin, resulting in 49 deaths​​ and destroying Daesh command centers, depots of mortar and artillery shells, tunnels, and a car bomb. [Basnews]

 

The SDF reported that its forces thwarted an attack​​ launched by Daesh against their positions in Hajin, killing “dozens” of Daesh fighters. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issued a video on Monday allegedly showing Coalition phosphorous-filled artillery shells falling on Hajin. [A3maq]

 

South​​ 

Damascus/Rif Damashq​​ 

A militia supported by the Iran Revolutionary Guard killed 1 Palestinian militia member in Damascus. [Qasioun]

 

Suwayda

Daesh said on Tuesday its snipers killed 2 Syrian​​ soldiers in the Al-Safa Hills area. [ICDNNov6]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan

Zaman Al-Wasl​​ published a list of 8,845 Jordanian citizens wanted by the Syrian government, and also reported that the Syrian regime arrested a Jordanian citizen a few days ago. It said most of​​ them are members of Islamist movements, including top leaders. [Arabi21]

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Arabi21​​ reported that the UAE is organizing a conference​​ with many anti-Qatar personalities. It mentions a blogger who stated that the UAE is trying to mobilize international opinion against Qatar to ease the pressure on Saudi Arabia following the Jamal Khashoggi case. [Arabi21]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

On Tuesday, the body of the Mayor of North Ogden, Utah, killed in Afghanistan while on National Guard duty, returned home for burial. His​​ widow said that it was fitting it returned on election day, as he died fighting for democracy in Afghanistan. [CNN]

 

AFRICA

Nigeria

At least 16​​ Nigerian soldiers are missing following clashes with Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad area, military and militia sources told AFP on Tuesday. The incident began when gunmen in several trucks attacked a military base and a local market in the town of​​ Kukawa late on Monday, briefly forcing troops out of the base. “Our soldiers engaged the terrorists in a fierce battle following the attack,” a military officer told AFP from Maiduguri, the regional capital, which lies about 180 km (110 miles) to the south. “So far, 16 soldiers are missing but search teams are combing the general area to locate them,” said the officer, speaking on condition of anonymity. There were no immediate reports of casualties on either side but a civilian militia group confirmed that​​ 16 soldiers were missing and also said one civilian had been killed in the crossfire. [Vanguard]

 

Daesh said a group of its terrorists killed​​ 15 African Union soldiers and captured Kukawa town, north of Maiduguri, on Monday. It said the terrorists set on fire “many” government buildings, a military barracks, and 2 BMP armored vehicles, and stole weapons and ammunition before “returning safely.”​​ [ICDNNov6]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

A Taliban attack on Farah Province west of Afghanistan left 30 Afghan soldiers killed. The Taliban took 20 other policemen as hostages after capturing the police station. [Anadolu]

November 5, 2018

 

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Iraqi Forces Found a Daesh Hideout on Makhoul Mountain (DD Nov 3)

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

CoR members target for removal four ministers they already approved.​​ [..]

New US-Iraq military plan targets Daesh tunnels& other hideouts in four provinces.​​ [..]

Daesh attacks spike in Baghdad after PM praises drop in violence. [..]

Coalition kills 25 Daesh members & a huge tunnel NW of Kirkuk. [..]

CTS arrests 26 members of the major Daesh terrorism cell in Kirkuk. ​​ [..]

Daesh says it killed another mukhtar, in Hawija, and wounded another. [..]

Many Mosul Daesh members fled to Hatra desert, now operate from tunnels. [..]

Babel Governor sees “terrorist motives” behind epidemic of dead fish. [..]

 

Turkey

Turkey alleges Saudis sent “clean-up team” to Istanbul to erase​​ evidence in Khashoggi case.​​ [..]

740 “terrorism” arrestees are mostly alleged supporters of Gulen movement. [..]

 

Syria

Syria sets stiff conditions for accepting new UN Special Envoy to Syria.​​ [..]

State Department itemizes Iran’s financial contributions to Syria, Iraqi PMFs, Houthis,​​ Hamas.​​ [..]

France reportedly arrests 3 top Syrian intel officers for war crimes. [..]

US troops patrol Ras Al-Ayn on Turkish border. [..]

Daesh claims to have killed 50 SDF soldiers in Raqqa IED blast. [..]

Coalition planes targeting Daesh leaders in Albu Kamal. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Iran:​​ US exempts 8 countries from sanctions on Iran oil exports, but also targets Iran’s banking, transportation sectors. [..]

Yemen:​​ UN details disastrous conditions for Yemeni civilians, especially in Hodeida.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

President Barham Salih​​ announced​​ the appointment of retired career diplomat​​ Luqman Faili,​​ former Ambassador to the US​​ (2013-16),​​ as the​​ official spokesman of the Presidency. [Sumaria]

 

Council of​​ Representatives

The CoR​​ will likely withdraw confidence from​​ 4 ministers of Adel Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi’s​​ cabinet​​ who had been previously​​ approved, due to the​​ emergence of incriminating evidence​​ from investigations into​​ their pasts.​​ 2 were from a Shia bloc​​ within​​ in Al-Fatah, the 2 others​​ from Sunni​​ parties.​​ Reportedly, the investigations​​ raised suspicions against the​​ integrity​​ of the Minister of Transportation Abdullah​​ Loibi, and​​ said​​ that​​ Minister of Communication Na’im Al-Rubi’i​​ may​​ have been involved in​​ de-Baathification.​​ Suspicions of corruption were raised against Minister of Trade Mohammad​​ Hashim​​ Al-‘Ani,​​ and​​ Minister of Youth and Sports​​ Ahmed Al-Obeidi​​ was accused of “terrorism.”​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It would not be at all surprising if there were political motives behind the accusations. This story may not sort itself out quickly.

 

Foreign ​​ policy

Rudaw​​ reported that the special US representative for Iran, Brian Hook, said that Washington would exempt Iraq from the sanctions it had imposed on Iran. Hook said that Iraq would open an oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Iran to compensate for the lack of Iranian oil in its markets. [Rudaw]

 

See story below under Neighboring Countries, Iran

 

On Monday, in a meeting with the Secretary-General of the UN, the Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali Al-Hakim called on the world to invest in Iraq. [Rudaw]

 

Former Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Al-Mutlaq revealed on Sunday that an Iranian political figure threatened him after an Iraqi demonstration against the Iranian intervention in Fakka oilfield on the Iran-Iraq border. He said that the Iranian politician told him that Iran “accepts your choice between a political or physical liquidation; and there are witnesses to this statement.” Later, in​​ another meeting at the house of Ayad Allawi in 2010, the same politician told Al-Mutlaq “you gave us demonstrations and now you want us to prevent your liquidation?” Al-Mutlaq explained that the threat occurred with the rescinding of some of the laws of “de-Baathification” in 2010. [Arabi21]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

A security source revealed a US-Iraqi plan to eliminate all underground Daesh hideouts in southwest Kirkuk, Ninewa, Salahuddin,​​ including​​ Tooz. These include caves, tunnels, and other facilities used by Daesh to hide and store weapons.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

A security source reported that there was a “complete plan” to eradicate all underground Daesh facilities with the support of the International Coalition. The source said it was expected that there were about 200 Daesh hideouts underground in the areas of Kirkuk, Ninewa, Salahuddin, and Tooz. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Presumably, the key is the joint nature of the plan. Iraqi troops continue to identify an amazing number of Daesh underground tunnels and other sites. Letting the Coalition blast these away with pinpoint bombing would take less time than destroying them from the ground and​​ would​​ reduce the risk to ground troops.

 

Hashim​​ Al-Musawi, a PMF commander,​​ informed the Iraqi​​ media outlet​​ Maalomah​​ on Monday that​​ PMFs are​​ ready to launch​​ operations against Daesh in Syria. He said​​ such operations are subject to orders of Prime Minister Adel Abd​​ Ul-Mahdi​​ , as​​ the​​ Commander in​​ Chief of​​ the​​ armed forces.​​ On Sunday, the PMF launched several missiles and rockets against Daesh in Al-Baghouz.​​ [Eldorar]

 

Prime Minister Adel Abd Ul-Mahdi visited the Baghdad Operations Command headquarters, and said it played a great role in reducing terror attacks in the capital. The operations room briefed Abd Ul-Mahdi on its security and humanitarian operations. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We noted last week in the context of UNAMI’s monthly violence statistics that Baghdad violence is down, so the credit to the BOC seems well placed. Part of the evidence is the reduced number of violent-incident stories we carry under Baghdad.​​ However, this good trend was interrupted by incidents this past weekend. (See below)

 

BAGHDAD

UNAMI denounced the explosions which occurred in various locations in Baghdad. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

Northwest​​ (Kadhimiya, etc.)

An IED in Aden​​ Square in Kadhimiya killed​​ two​​ civilians and wounded​​ four​​ others. [Basnews]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded 10 Shia and damaged several vehicles with an IED set off in a bus station in Kadhimiya. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded 14 Shia with an IED in the Shula area. [A3maq]

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

The Ministry of Defense stated that Iraqi security forces found a large pile of explosives and equipment on Monday. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An​​ IED exploded in Habibiya,​​ next to Sadr City,​​ wounding​​ two​​ women and​​ one​​ man. [Basnews]

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded nine Shia and destroyed a bus with an IED in the Habibiya area. [A3maq]

Daesh said it killed or wounded 17 Shia with an IED in the Sadr City area on Sunday. [ICDNNov5]

 

A security source said that a civilian was injured in an armed attack by unknown people on Monday evening. [Sumaria]

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded eight Shia with an IED in​​ the​​ Al-Turath neighborhood.​​ [A3maq]

 

Total Baghdad​​ security​​ incidents reported:  ​​​​ 6(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED​​ security​​ incidents reported:  ​​​​ 4

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Director for Internal Affairs and Security in Anbar announced on Monday that 2​​ people​​ wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in Habbaniya. [BaghdadToday]

 

Hit/Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that PMF units killed 5 Daesh terrorists, all foreigners,​​ somewhere​​ in the desert between Haditha and Baiji.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Al-Khaldiya village, west of Hit. [ICDNNov4]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Coalition planes killed 5 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike near the Tilul Al-Baj area​​ on the western edge of Shirqat.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that two civilians were killed and six others​​ wounded, including a Shirqat​​ District​​ Council member, when a parked vehicle bomb exploded in a market in Shirqat.​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Iraqi Army and PMF units found a Daesh explosives hideout and a vehicle bomb factory in the Makhoul Mountains area. The source sent us photos of the hideout.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Asmeda area, north of Baiji, on Friday. [ICDNNov4]

 

Daesh said it severely wounded an Iraqi Army colonel and his son, a 1st​​ lieutenant, with a stick IED in​​ the​​ Al-Asri neighborhood in Baiji city, on Saturday. [ICDNNov5]

 

In a​​ separate​​ report, Daesh said it killed or wounded PMFs after targeting their vehicle with an IED in​​ the​​ Al-Asri neighborhood, on Saturday. [ICDNNov4]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that two new PMF members were killed when an IED exploded on their vehicle near the desert village of Thirthar,​​ west of Baiji city.​​ 

 

Daesh said it shot and killed PMF members, including a battalion commander, and wounded others west of Baiji, on Friday. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it severely wounded the mukhtar of Al-Karafat village​​ (spelling approx.)​​ and his bodyguards, in Jazeera Tikrit, and destroyed his vehicle with an IED, on Friday. [A3maq]

 

Samarra

A​​ Diwaniya emergency battalion operating in Samarra found an ammunition cache including 25 IEDs and artillery projectiles in Samarra. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Daesh said its snipers killed 2 Saraya Al-Salam​​ PMFs​​ in the Albu Jarub area, in Jazeera Samarra, on Saturday. [ICDNNov4]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that several people were killed or wounded when a Badr PMF​​ weapons storehouse exploded in a residential area in Tooz.

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said it shot and damaged an Iraqi Army Humvee in an ambush near Taha Al-Rashid village, south of Buhriz, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Daesh said it killed one PMF member and wounded four others in an attack in Al-Hadd Al-Akhdar village, in Muqdadiya near the Al-Waqf area, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it wounded three Shia people with an IED in Al-Risala village, east of Muqdadiya. [ICDNNov4]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin,​​ Khalis​​ north)

Udhaim

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that 2 Badr PMF members were killed and another severely wounded in an attack on a military position near Udhaim.​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday it wounded two tribal PMF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Shadhif village, in Udhaim subdistrict. [ICDNNov3]

 

Daesh said its snipers wounded an Iraqi soldier in​​ the tiny village of​​ Albu Mar’i, in Udhaim, on Friday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed an Iraqi soldier, wounded others, and destroyed their Humvee with an IED near Udhaim. [A3maq]

 

Kifri

Daesh said its snipers wounded an Iraqi soldier near Qara Tapa on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Khanaqin

Daesh said it wounded three IFP members, including an officer, after targeting their military position in Mahmoud Aziz village, west of Khanaqin, with “all kinds of weapons,” on Saturday. [ICDNNov4]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Kirkuk

Commander of the 2nd CTS division in Kirkuk, Maan Al-Saadi, says Coalition planes attacked two Daesh positions northwest of Kirkuk, killing 25 Daesh fighters and destroying a 500-meter tunnel. [BasNews]

 

Al-Saadi also reported that​​ a Daesh cell of 26 persons including women was arrested in Kirkuk. The group was armed with explosive belts, IEDs, and silenced guns as well as 2 vehicle bombs.​​ The commander reported that​​ this cell is responsible​​ for​​ all recent terror operations in the city. [Baghdadia]​​ [IraqPress]

 

The​​ IFP command​​ reported that IFP troops arrested 1​​ Daesh female operative in Kirkuk​​ who was​​ responsible for​​ providing medical assistance,​​ and​​ who is​​ wanted by​​ a​​ court on terrorism​​ charges. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Dibis

Daesh said it captured,​​ then killed a Peshmerga​​ soldier​​ after raiding his house in Taqtaq village in Dibis, on Saturday. [ICDNNov4]

 

Daesh also said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the same village, on Saturday. [ICDNNov4]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that IFP units captured 11 Daesh terrorists, including commanders, and confiscated large quantities of weapons and explosives in a tunnel in the Riyadh area.

 

Daesh said it targeted a tribal PMF position in Dhamaka village, in Riyadh subdistrict, with mortars, on Sunday. [ICDNNov5]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed the​​ mukhtar of Mahmudiya village,​​ east of​​ Hawija, on Friday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it wounded a PMF member and damaged his vehicle with an IED near Marata village, northeast of Hawija, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

The IFP arrested 2 Daesh members in Hawija on Monday. [Forat]

 

Daesh said it killed an IFP member and wounded another after targeting their position near the mill in Hawija city, on Saturday. [ICDNNov4]

 

Daesh said it set on fire the house of a tribal PMF “intelligence member” in Mustafiya village, near Hawija, on Friday. [ICDNNov3]

 

Daesh said it destroyed it killed or wounded IFP members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED on the road between Riyadh and Kirkuk, on Friday. [ICDNNov3]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that IFP units killed 3 Daesh terrorists in an ambush in the desert near Rashad. The source said all terrorists were from the Hawija area.​​ 

 

Daesh said it severely wounded a tribal PMF member and destroyed his vehicle with an IED in Ali Saray village in Riyadh subdistrict, on Saturday. [ICDNNov4]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The village is actually in Daquq. Daesh keeps attacking this same Kaka’i village.

 

The Center for Security Information announced on Monday that IFP detachments arrested 1 wanted female Daesh member as they searched numerous villages including Sabounchiya. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul​​ city

The​​ Interior Ministry reported that the​​ 12th​​ emergency police battalion arrested 9 Daesh operatives in Zahra, Khadra, and Diwanem neighborhoods in west Mosul. 2 of them​​ had been​​ in​​ the​​ hisbah​​ (morality police)​​ office while others were fighters. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A security source in Ninewa police reported on Monday that 2 lawyers were arrested in the Ninewa Court of Appeals on charges of involvement with Daesh in 2014.​​ [BasNews]

 

Mosul District

West (Hamidat/Muhalabiya)

Daesh said it killed one person, wounded two others, and damaged a vehicle with 2 IEDs at​​ the​​ Kafraj security barrier, near Badoush, on Sunday. [ICDNNov5]​​ 

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

On Monday the PMF blew up 4 Daesh tunnels in Ayadhiya that had been used by the Ninewa division of Daesh to attack civilians and security personnel.​​ [PressIraq]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that many Daesh terrorists who fled Iraqi forces military operations south of Mosul have fled to the Al-Sakhri Valley area. The source said Daesh had dug tunnels in the area since 2014, and the terrorists are using these tunnels as hideouts.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that four Iraqi Army 20th​​ division soldiers were killed in a Daesh attack near Khunaifis village. The source said the terrorists attacked the units after emerging from underground tunnels. The source said Iraqi forces were conducting the military operations that started last week to clear the Ninewa desert. ​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that four PMF members were killed when a suicide terrorist set off his explosives vest near Al-Barit village. The source said the terrorist was wearing​​ an​​ Iraqi military uniform.​​ 

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A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle south of Hatra, killing 4 terrorists inside.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that a PMF commander was killed and other fighters wounded in a Daesh mortar shelling in the desert near Hatra​​ city.​​ 

 

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Iraqi Army and PMF units cleared 13​​ km of the desert near Baaj. The source said the units killed 4 Daesh terrorists and captured 2 others, both from Arab countries. The units also found Daesh tunnels and weapons caches during the operations.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that Border Guard units stopped a Daesh attack near the Syrian border in the Baaj area, killing 3 terrorists and capturing 2 others.​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

On Monday, the​​ Governor of Babel addressed a letter to the Prime​​ Minister​​ suggesting that it was likely there were “terrorist motives” behind the deaths of fish in numerous cities and regions of the area, which have​​ greatly harmed farmers.​​ He appealed to the PM to compensate the farmers for the damage.​​ [BasNews]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

SULEIMANIYA

Kurdistan Region on Monday suspended the import and export of oil derivatives​​ to and from​​ the Islamic Republic of Iran, hours after the US oil sanctions on Tehran went into effect. The Director of Information and Relations at the Parvez Khan border Crossing said that the sanctions did not affect the import and export of foodstuff and other products. [Basnews]

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political developments

An official informed Turkey’s pro-government​​ Sabah​​ newspaper that about a week after the murder of Khashoggi, Saudi​​ Arabia​​ sent a 2-man “clean-up team,” consisting of a chemist and toxicologist, to erase evidence prior to granting access to Turkish investigators. The paper identified the men as  Ahmed Abdulaziz Al-Jonabi and Khaled Yahya Al-Zahrani. [Yahoo] [Yahoo]

 

Military & security developments

Turkey’s Interior Ministry reported that​​ it killed 45 PKK​​ “terrorists” in the past 7 days. It also arrested 740​​ persons for joining or cooperating with terrorist​​ organizations,​​ 505 to the Fethullah Gulen group​​ 189​​ of which were​​ related to PKK, 30 to Daesh,​​ 16 to leftist movements. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The comparative numbers of arrests suggests the real priorities of Erdogan’s “anti-terrorism” campaign. ​​ First, target your political opponents.

 

Turkish authorities arrested 24​​ people​​ in 11 provinces in Turkey​​ based on suspicion​​ that they belong to Daesh and​​ were sending money to Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Indonesia, and Libya.​​ [Anadolu]​​ We don’t know whether this overlaps with the 30 arrestees in the previous report.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

According to​​ Qasioun, the Syrian Foreign Minister stipulated the conditions for cooperating with the new UN Envoy to Syria, Geir Pederson, “He must stay away from methods of his predecessors. He must declare his allegiance to the unity of Syrian territory and Syrian people. He must not side with terrorists as his predecessor did. He must be committed to the exemplary example and values of the UN Charter to free the people in the context of the fight against terrorism and terrorists.” [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Given that choice, the UN should declare Syria’s conditions unacceptable (not to mention arrogant) and work without its cooperation if necessary.

 

On Sunday, the Combined Joint Task Force official site reported that Maghawir al-Thawra, a partner of CJTF-Operation Inherent Resolve, secured the delivery of “thousands of tons” of UN humanitarian aid to Al-Rukban Camp on the Jordan-Syria border. Maj. Gen. (UK) Christopher Ghika,​​ CJTF-OIR deputy commander said that the operations allowed ​​ about 55,000 people to receive “lifesaving aid.” He also thanked the Syrian Arab Red Crescent for their essential role in the delivery. [CJTF]

 

Foreign policy

Iran

The US State Department’s electronic outreach team reported that Iran assisted the Assad regime in Syria with over $16 billion since 2012. $6.4 billion was given to the regime, $700 million was allocated to pro-Iran militias in Syria, while similar militias in Iraq received $100 million. In addition, Iran gave hundreds of millions of dollars to the Houthis in Yemen and $100 million to Hamas and jihadists in Palestine. ​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Israel

An Israeli​​ Foreign Ministry​​ official​​ stated on Monday that any​​ political solution to end the conflict in Syria would be not be “viable” without considering the interests of Israel. According to​​ Hebrew​​ and Russian media sources, he also​​ said​​ “Any solution in the region must take our​​ interests into account.”​​ [ElDorar]

 

France

Le Monde​​ reported​​ that​​ the​​ French judiciary issued arrest warrants against 3 top Syrian intelligence officers on charges of committing war crimes, including​​ Ali Mamluk, the head of Syrian National Security​​ Bureau. [Qasioun]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

On Sunday, a Daesh-affiliated paper reported that in Hajin​​ in Albu Kamal, Daesh killed 12 SDF fighters, and injured over 20 others.​​ A3maq​​ also​​ reported that Daesh killed 1 SDF member and injured 2 others in an ambush between Dhiban and Omar oilfield. Daesh also claimed to have killed 1 SDF fighter in Al-Shuhail.

On Saturday, Daesh claimed a car bomb attack in Raqqa killed over 50 SDF fighters​​ who were​​ collecting their​​ salary​​ payments near the Modern Medicine hospital. However, the official media of the SDF reported​​ only​​ that​​ a car bomb attack​​ on Al-Basil Street killed 1 civilian and wounded several others. [EnabBaladi]

 

See related report under Raqqa below

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

On Sunday, US​​ troops​​ patrolled the Kurdish-held town of Darbasiya in Ras Al-Ayn District, along the Syrian-Turkish border,​​ in cooperation with SDF troops. Coalition spokesman Sean Ryan said Sunday’s patrol was the second in a week, after an initial patrol​​ by US forces on Friday. [Yahoo]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded 50 SDF members after setting off a parked vehicle bomb near Modern Medicine Hospital on Al-Nour Street, in Raqqa city. Daesh claimed the SDF members​​ were gathering to receive their salaries. [ICDNNov4]​​ However, the SDF acknowledged only an IED that killed 1 civilian. (See above story)

 

The​​ SDF​​ announced​​ it found a weapon and ammunition cache hidden in Raqqa.​​ It also found​​ RPG rockets, rifles, hand grenades, cannons,​​ and​​ machine​​ guns in the​​ cache. [Hawar]

 

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed an SDF member​​ on a street​​ in Raqqa city. [A3maq]

 

Central and West​​ (no reports)

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF “intelligence member” in Al-Kassar village, in Busayrah subdistrict, on Thursday. [A3maq]

Daesh said it killed four SDF members and wounded seven others after setting off an IED on their truck in Al-Hilwa village, in Busayrah, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF member with machine guns in Bariha village, in Busayrah, on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Monday it wounded an SDF member in an attack on the SDF headquarters in Bariha village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF member in Al-Shuhail​​ town,​​ next to the Al-Omar oilfield,​​ on Saturday. [ICDNNov4]

 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As we have noted previously,​​ one needs to consider the likelihood of exaggeration in​​ the​​ spate​​ of Daesh “victory” stories from Deir Ez-Zor.

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF member, wounded another, and damaged their vehicle on the road to the Al-Omar Oilfield, on Friday. [ICDNNov4]

 

Daesh said it killed three SDF members, including a commander, and wounded two others after targeting their vehicle with machine guns in Tayyana village, in Dhiban subdistrict, on Friday. [ICDNNov3]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

According to​​ supposedly​​ reliable​​ local sources​​ on Monday Daesh released 7 US soldiers, under an exchange deal with the YPG. The sources explained that Daesh captured most of the soldiers in Hajin. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We note the absence of any confirming story or a prior story about US soldiers captured. You know how we feel about the reliability of “local sources.”

 

“Local media sources” said Daesh killed 12 SDF soldiers in an attack on their positions in Al-Bahra, near Hajin. 20 others were wounded while several Daesh attackers were also killed. [Qasioun]

Daesh said on Sunday it wounded SDF members in an attack on their position northeast of Al-Bahra town. [ICDNNov4]

Daesh said on Saturday it wounded SDF members after targeting their positions in the train station area, northeast of Hajin, with 6 mortar shells and 2 Katyushas. [ICDNNov3]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that Coalition planes killed several Daesh terrorists, including an Iraqi commander, in an airstrike on the Hawi Al-Susah area.​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Sunday that a senior Daesh Saudi commander and a Moroccan terrorist were killed in a Coalition airstrike near Al-Susah.​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Saturday that Daesh leaders in the Albu Kamal area are on constant move. The source said that the terrorists don’t stay in the same location for more than a couple of hours. ​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday that Coalition planes targeted Hajin, Al-Kashma, and Al-Sha’afa with more than 15 airstrikes. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Saturday that at least 14 people, including women and children, were killed by Coalition airstrikes on Hajin, Al-Susah, and Al-Kashma. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As usual in Daesh propaganda, US and Coalition airstrikes kill only civilians and never kill Daesh members.​​ 

 

SOHR​​ reported that the Coalition shelled Daesh-held Hajin with over 50 shells that were most likely white phosphorous shells. [SyriaHR]

Daesh said on Sunday that the Coalition targeted Hajin with more than 10 artillery shells carrying white phosphorous. [A3maq]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

A Daesh source​​ reported that an officer with the Syrian Army was also killed on Sunday when​​ Syrian troops​​ attempted to advance on Tilul Al-Safa. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said it killed at least 10 government​​ soldiers​​ in an attack in the Al-Safa Hills area, on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh said its snipers killed 2 Syrian soldiers in the Al-Safa Hills, on Saturday. [ICDNNov4]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and an armored vehicle with 2 rockets in the Al-Safa Hills area. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The US​​ State​​ Department​​ temporarily​​ exempted​​ 8 countries from sanctions imposed on Iran oil exports, including Turkey.​​ Secretary of State​​ Mike Pompeo says the aim of sanctions is to change the conduct of​​ Iranian leaders. Countries excluded are Turkey, India, China, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Greece. [Anadolu]

 

The US announced​​ what it described as “unprecedented​​ sanctions​​ on Iran in oil, banking, and transportation sectors. It says it aims to press Iran to change its security policies. The sanctions​​ will increasingly isolate 50 banks and over 200​​ persons and ships, as well as airliners. [Sumaria]

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

UNICEF announced​​ that​​ a Yemeni child dies every 10 minutes​​ from​​ treatable diseases. It says that​​ 1.8 million are suffering famine, 40% of whom​​ are​​ in Hodeida. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said it shot​​ at​​ an Al-Qaeda military position in Qifa, damaging an SUV, on Sunday. [ICDNNov5]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed 2 Houthi​​ fighters​​ after shooting at their motorcycle in an ambush in Qifa, on Sunday. [ICDNNov5] [A3maq]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said on Monday it damaged a vehicle carrying Egyptian soldiers with an IED near the Al-Shalafa area, south of Rafah. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Monday it stopped an Egyptian Army campaign near the Al-Shalafa area. [A3maq]

It also said it damaged an Egyptian Army M60 tank with a heavy machine gun near the same area. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Nigeria

Daesh said it killed a Nigerian Army member, wounded another, and damaged their vehicle with an IED near Lake Chad, on Saturday. [ICDNNov4]

 

ASIA

Pakistan

Daesh said it shot and killed a pro-government militiaman in Peshawar, on Friday. [A3maq]

 

November 2, 2018

 

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MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

UNAMI data show violence in Iraq at lowest level since 2012.​​ [..]

CTS, supported by Coalition warplanes, kill 16 Daesh fighters in​​ Al-Qa’im.​​ [..]

Daesh says it tried to assassinate Salahuddin Governor, killed or wounded bodyguards. [..]

12 Daesh suspects arrested in southern Salahuddin. [..]

IFP raids 3 tunnels in Hawija,​​ nets 2 suspects, Daesh laptop, & weapons cache. [..]

IFP, with air support, kills 19 Daesh fighters in eastern Makhmur. [..]

Assyrian leader says 70,000 Christians have returned to Ninewa, 50,000 have not.​​ [..]

Army-led operation to clear Daesh from the Hatra desert begins. [..]

 

Turkey

Turkey leaders insist Khashoggi murder directed from very high level. [..]

 

Syria

Guterres issues clear warning to​​ Syria not to use chemical weapons again.​​ [..]

SOHR reports US troops deploying along Syrian border as Turkey continues bombarding Tal Abyad.​​ [..]

Coalition takes out 6 Daesh leaders with airstrike on Hajin. [..]

 

Other countries

Iran/United States:​​ Renewed US oil sanctions on Iran will begin Monday. [..]

Egypt:​​ Daesh attacks Christian bus riders in Sohag in southern Egypt, kills at least 7.​​ [..]

Afghanistan:​​ Taliban leader in Ghazni, 11 other Daesh, killed by US airstrike. [..]

Pakistan:​​ “Father of the Taliban” killed in Pakistan. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-Daesh campaign

UNAMI said that​​ 63 Iraqis were killed and 90 wounded in explosions and violent incidents in October, compared to 75 killed and 179 wounded in September. The October figure is the smallest since UNAMI started counting in 2012. Ninewa Province had the most casualties at 29​​ killed and 36 wounded; Baghdad came second at 29 killed and 35 wounded; and following was Anbar at 5 killed and 19 wounded. [Anadolu] ​​ In the recent past, the deadliest province in these monthly compilations has been Baghdad.

 

BAGHDAD

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Baghdad Ops Command says that the 17th​​ Army Division found an explosives cache in Fahhama, and arrested 9 persons for other​​ criminal charges in various parts of Baghdad. [Etejah]​​ 

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source said that a civilian was wounded on Friday by unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle in the area of Umm Al-Kabar, Sadr City. [Sumaria]

 

West​​ (Mansour, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source said that a civilian was shot and killed by unidentified armed men​​ in the Al-Nasr wa Al-Salam neighborhood in Abu Ghraib. [Sumaria]

 

Total Baghdad security incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED security incidents reported:  ​​​​ 0

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Center for Security Information said on Friday that units under Anbar Ops Command had arrested a wanted terrorist in Albu Ali Al-Jassem. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Ramadi

The MoD says that intelligence units in the 10th​​ Army Division arrested 2 Daesh operatives wanted on terrorism charges in Albu​​ Assaf, northwest of Ramadi. [MoD Website]

 

The Center for Security Information said on Friday that units under Anbar Ops Command had found and destroyed 82 IEDs in Albu Hassan and found 14 IEDs and 3 explosive devices made with C4 in Malahma, north of the Euphrates.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on​​ Friday that Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) units, supported by Coalition planes, killed 16 Daesh terrorists, including a commander, in an operation west of Al-Qa’im city. The source said the terrorists sneaked over from the Syrian side of the border. The​​ CTS did not sustain any casualties. The source sent us photos of the results of the operation.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that tribal PMFs and a PMF “special unit” killed 4 Daesh terrorists, captured 2, and confiscated a machine gun-mounted vehicle and medium weapons in an ambush near Ain Sadid village. The source said that after the ambush, a Daesh local commander called the PMFs, through a wireless device confiscated by the PMFs, and threated revenge. ​​ 

 

Baiji

Daesh said it killed or wounded several bodyguards of the Salahuddin Governor and destroyed a vehicle after targeting his convoy with an IED in the Siniya area, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2] [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that PMF units captured a man near Zuwiya who was delivering food supplies to Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area. The source said that the man, who has family members with Daesh, was also delivering names of tribal PMF numbers and information​​ about PMF military positions. The source said that many people in Al-Naml village (in Shirqat) and Al-Salman village have family members with Daesh, and are providing the terrorists with information and logistical support.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is one​​ of the major problems with the return of members of Daesh families to their areas. Some of the family members of Daesh fighters are themselves Daesh supporters, conceding that most probably are not. Those people continue to provide Daesh with information,​​ hideouts, and supplies as soon as they return. However, excluding all the members of all Daesh families is impractical, and it is often unknown as to which are the Daesh operatives. So some innocent people have been excluded from returning home while some​​ guilty people have managed to get back in. A certain amount of corruption and deal-making has complicated the process. So far, there has been no definitive solution to this problem in any of the liberated areas.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday​​ that tribal PMF units captured 2 Daesh terrorists hiding in a tunnel under a house in Thirthar village, in the desert west of Baiji and Siniya. The source said the PMFs also confiscated mortar shells and a motorcycle from the house. The source said one of​​ the men captured used to be a senior Daesh official in Baaj before the liberation.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Siniya area, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]

 

Daesh said it destroyed a vehicle carrying PMF members with an IED in Al-Tamim neighborhood, in Baiji city, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Jazeera Tikrit area, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Hamra village area, northern Tikrit, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed four Oil Facilities Protection members and wounded two others in an attack on their military positions in Allas Oilfield, on Thursday. [A3maq] [ICDNNov2]

Daesh said it wounded Oil Facilities Protection members, including an officer, and damaged their Humvee with an IED in Allas Oilfield, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]

 

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

The Center for Security Information says that units under Samarra Ops Command found a Daesh hideout, which was​​ furnished and contained cooking equipment, in the town of Sayed Gharib, Dujail District. They also destroyed 5 IEDS and arrested 12 wanted persons, including persons wanted on terrorism charges, in the pipeline area.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [AIN]​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

Daesh said it severely wounded an officer after targeting an Iraqi Army patrol with light weapons in Al-A’ali village, near Muqdadiya, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that IFP units captured a man from Hawija who was transporting clothes and food supplies to Daesh terrorists in the Himrin Mountains area. The source said the man, whose brother is a Daesh commander, told them that around 200 Daesh terrorists, who fled from Mtaibija in eastern Salahuddin​​ and from northern Kirkuk, went to the Himrin Mountains recently. The man also admitted that the terrorists, who are facing a shortage in food supplies, are paying large amounts of money to smugglers. He said that the leader of the terrorists is a British​​ citizen of Moroccan origins. The source sent us a photo of the captured man.​​ 

 

Daesh said it killed a “French soldier” and two Peshmerga members and wounded another after targeting their patrol with machine guns near Balkanah village in Khanaqin (though Daesh said it’s in Tooz).​​ [ICDNNov2] ]A3maq]​​ 

 

Mizher Al-Azzawi, Diyala Ops Commander, says that security personnel arrested persons responsible for planting and detonating IEDs in Khanaqin. This follows a study of the recent crime scene in Baba Mahmoud, where an​​ IED exploded. Additionally, a terrorist was killed in Muqdadiya. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh said on Friday it wounded two PMF members with an IED in Jizani village, near Udhaim. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Dibis

The Center for Security Information said on Friday that a weapons and​​ explosives cache had been found between the Sargaran subdistrict of Dibis and Al-Zab subdistrict in northern Hawija.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that IFP units killed 2 Daesh terrorists and confiscated weapons, IEDs, explosives vests, and ammunition in a raid on 3 tunnels in the Al-Zab area. The source said the units also found a laptop that contains Daesh info in one of the tunnels. The source sent us photos of the results of the raid.​​ 

 

The IFP Command says in a statement that the 3rd​​ Special Forces Brigade of the IFP found and destroyed 53 IEDS during a search operation in 5 villages in Hawija.​​ [Sumaria]

 

The Ministry of Electricity says that an IED exploded, wounding a staff member of the northern area Directorate of Transit [of electric power].​​ The IED was placed near tower 59, in Hawija. [Sumaria]​​ [SotIraq]

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Al-Mastoura village, west of Hawija city, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]

 

Daesh said it destroyed​​ a vehicle carrying PMF members with an IED in the Al-Fatha area of Riyadh subdistrict, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded Oil Facilities Protection members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Mahmudiya village, east of Hawija, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]

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Southwest (Daquq, Taza, etc.)

Daesh said it targeted an IFP military position with mortars in 7 Nisan village, near Rashad, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Friday it damaged a vehicle carrying PMF members with an IED in Zanqar village, in Daquq District. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Friday it damaged an IFP armored personnel carrier with an IED near the Turkmen village of Bashir, in Taza subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

General Raed Shakir Jawdat, IFP​​ Commander, says that the 3rd​​ IFP Division, with aerial support, attacked and killed 19 Daesh fighters in Qara Buteq, eastern Makhmur. [Sumaria]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that IFP and PMF units, supported​​ by the IAA, started a military campaign to clear the Qarachogh Mountain area. The source said the units killed 33 Daesh terrorists, including 16 from Arab countries and a French terrorist. The source said the units destroyed many Daesh safehouses and tunnels, and confiscated weapons and food supplies. The source sent us photos of the results of the operations.

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Tel Keif, Bashiqa)

Yonadam Kanna, Secretary-General of the Assyrian Democratic Movement, says that although 70,000​​ Christians have returned to their liberated areas in the north of Ninewa, some concerns and lack of services are impeding the remaining IDPs from returning. He says that 120,000 Christians left their homes following the Daesh occupation of the area. [Anadolu]​​ [PressIraq]

 

Daesh said on Friday it wounded three IFP members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Ali Awa village, in Al-Khazer. [A3maq]

 

Mosul city

The MoI says that security personnel arrested 6 Daesh operatives, all of whom were in Daesh’s “Office of Soldiers” (i.e., Ministry of Defense) in 5 different areas of west Mosul. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Shura/Qayara)

Daesh said it wounded a PMF member and damaged a vehicle with an IED in Rasif village, in Shura, on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it set on fire a PMF oil tanker near Najma oilfield, in Qayara, on Thursday. [ICDNNov2]

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

A military source says that Army units engaged a group of Daesh infiltrators in Rabi’a subdistrict. 4 soldiers and 2 Daesh attackers were killed before the attackers withdrew to an unidentified location. [BasNews] [Qasioun]

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that joint Iraqi Army and PMF units started an operation to clear the southern Hatra desert. The source said the units killed 7 Daesh terrorists and destroyed several tunnels.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The involvement of the regular Army is the key information here, as​​ successive PMF militias have not been able to clear this area, which is part of a Daesh infiltration route through the desert to and from Syria.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that two PMF members were killed and four others wounded when a Daesh suicide terrorist blew himself up near Hatra. The source said the PMFs were clearing the area when the terrorist came out of a tunnel and attacked their patrol.​​ 

 

Baaj

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that “hundreds” of PMF fighters arrived in the Tal​​ Safouk area to monitor the border with Syria, after the Daesh advances in eastern Deir Ez-Zor.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Friday that four PMF members, including a commander, were killed in a Daesh attack in the Tal Safouk area. The source said the terrorists came from the Syrian side of the border.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN NEWS

No reports

 

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REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Political​​ developments

Omer Celik, a spokesman for Erdogan’s AKP, said that the Khashoggi murder could not have occurred without “orders from a high level,” and reiterated Turkey’s demand that the Saudis turn over the 18 Saudi nationals in their custody in connection with the case, to face trial in Turkey. [Al-Monitor]

 

President Erdogan wrote in a​​ Washington Post​​ op-ed on Friday that the order to kill Khashoggi had come from the highest level of the Saudi government, saying that the international community had a responsibility to “reveal the puppet masters” behind the killing. [AP] [WaPo]

 

Yasin Aktay,​​ an advisor to President Erdogan, told the Turkish newspaper​​ Hurriyet​​ that Jamal Khashoggi had been strangled soon after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, and that his body was then cut into pieces and dissolved with acid or another chemical agent. The​​ Washington Post, Khashoggi’s former byline, also reported that his body had been dissolved. [Independent]

 

Foreign policy

On Friday, Turkey and the​​ US lifted sanctions against one another that had been imposed in August. The US Treasury Department announced in a statement that they were lifting sanctions against Turkish Minister of the Interior Suleyman Soylu and Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul.​​ Reciprocally, Turkey lifted sanctions against AG Jeff Sessions and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL​​ NEWS

United Nations

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said to the UN Security Council that outstanding issues had consistently been reported regarding the Syrian chemical weapons program, and that declaratio